Have you heard of community supported agriculture (CSA)? CSAs were created in Japan in the early 1990s as a mutually beneficial relationship between a farmer and his/her community. CSA members purchase farm shares. These shares ensure that the farmer will have a stable income and also allow her to develop an appropriate crop plan. In return, the farmer provides the CSA members with fresh, nutritious produce each week throughout the growing season–usually the end of May through October. Together, the farmer and CSA members share the risk and the reward of the harvest.
We participate in a local CSA every growing season, in addition to what we grow in the backyard, in hopes of having lots of local produce to can and preserve all winter long. If you’re interested in preserved local produce all year long, as well as meals prepared with mostly local ingredients, contact me (sara at sarabytheseason dot com) about participating in the Sara By the Seasons Canning & Meals CSA.
To purchase individual preserved and fermented products, check out my product listing.